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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tocatì - Street Games Festival

On the last weekend of the month of September there is a street games festival in Verona. I just thought I'd tell you that because my "note" about this festival with Bob's photographs is featured today on italiannotebook.com - If you want to read more about our experience when we lived in Verona, you can visit our Italy blog!

I love that his feet are completely off the ground!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Isaiah Zagar and his Magic Gardens' Mosaics

A few weeks ago Bob and I watched a film about award-winning mosaic artist Isaiah
Zagar and his incredible life's work, by his son Jeremiah and we were so inspired and
excited about this project that we had to go to Philadelphia to see it for ourselves. Words cannot adequately describe what is called "Philadelphia's Magic Gardens" so I am going to let Bob's photos and a link to the film's website tell the story. I hope that it will move you as much as it did Bob and I and that you enjoy seeing what we have posted here.

Window to his world


Three-storied art


Isaiah Zagar at work in his studio - we were fortunate enough to speak with him.


Floor art


Magic Gardens gate


Courtyard gate


In the basement

The Artful Streets of Philadelphia

Mosaic Wall Art


Do you hear that groovy beat? South Street! South Street! Philadelphia


Mural at Locust and 13th Street


Spruce Street door

Chris & Kyla: Delaware summer vacation

Raspberry Girl - Kyla loves raspberries! She especially likes putting one on each finger and then eating them one by one!




At Funland, Rehoboth Beach. Kyla loves that Chris has to squeeze himself in!


Kyla riding a boat (she's almost getting too big for the kiddie rides!)


Chris and Kyla painting together with my watercolors


Kyla's painting of a little bench we have. I think she did am amazing job!


Kyla flying a kite at Bowers Beach

Rehoboth Art League's Outdoor Show

Still catching up on my summer posts. Here are a couple of shots from the RAL Outdoor show in August. I did this one myself, as two artists cannot share a booth (unless their work is collaborative). It was a really good show for me and I sold a lot of work. It was a really hot two days - the show goes over two weekends, but I just did the first one. Fortunately we were able to set up on Friday and take down on Monday so that helped a lot. The volunteers were incredible and Rehoboth Art League really puts on a quality outdoor show.

Saturday, day 1, August 15, 2009


Nick Serratore, gallery manager for RAL and gifted pastel artist offering help

Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Exhibition

I just wanted to take this opportunity to invite you to Mispillion Art League's Fall Members' Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Exhibition that takes place this year at the beautiful new ig Burton BMW Showroom on Rte 1 in Milford, DE on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 6pm. This should be a fun evening with Wine and Beer tastings and an interesting array of tasty hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at Angelucci's Artists Gallery in Milford (7 Park Ave on the Riverwalk) or by calling 422-4533.

I've created some new watercolors just for this exhibition and Bob will be showing new photographs. This is Mispillion Art League's big fundraiser of the year and a chance for you to meet local artists and see some exciting new art work in addition to supporting an organization that does so much for our community.

Please also visit the website at www.mispillionarts.org.

Here's the invite:


Here's a peak at two of the images we are putting in the show:

Bob's black and white photograph "Herborist Scale, Sansepulcro"


Rosemary's watercolor "Red Barn, Alee House at Bombay Hook"


ALSO: Dont' miss Riverwalk Arts and Jazz, this Saturday, September 26 from 3-8 along the Riverwalk in downtown Milford, Delaware. Bob and I will be among the artists participating. This is the last one of the season! Come stroll along the Riverwalk, listen to Jazz and enjoy browsing original Art in this lovely outdoor setting. Hope to see you there!

Thank you so much for your continued support of the arts!

Rosemary and Bob

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Walk to Cure Diabetes tomorrow in Denver

Tomorrow my sister Suzanne and her daughters Sam and Madison (who has had Juvenile Diabetes since she was 18 months old and endures painful finger pricks and insulin shots daily) will be part of the Walk to Cure Diabetes and I'm asking you to make a donation to this very worthy cause. Go to www.jdrf.org and click on "walk to Cure Diabetes" - their team is the Power of Three in Denver, Colorado. Our entire family and everyone with a child living with juvenile diabetes thanks you!!

Rosemary & Bob

Here are a few shots of our Maddie. She is a vivacious 13 year-old now, in middle school. She wants to be a chef, she loves to cook and talk and takes dancing lessons. She's my travel buddy when I go to Denver and is always up for something new. Just look at this adorable face!



Friday, September 11, 2009

My newest watercolor

"Seen Better Days" - an old farmhouse in pen and ink and watercolor

Views of Pittsburgh

We're a little late in posting our trip to Pittsburgh this summer. Actually, it was a side trip on our way home from Milwaukee to visit Jessica and Dave and help them move into their new apartment.

Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the state of Pennsylvania. It is known historically for its steel industry but today its economy is based on healthcare, education, technology, robotics and financial services (according to Wikipdia) with a large number of unique and ethnically distinctive neighborhoods, upscale shopping, restaurants and a vibrant arts scene. The city was bustling as we walked around the downtown but it never felt frenzied as with so many other big cities. We barely scratched the surface and hope to return.

Here's a little photo essay from our visit.

View from the First Presbytrian Church with Tiffany stained glass windows, built in 1903


"Stanley Photoplays" historic movie theatre built in 1928 - the classic sign is preserved on the side of the renovated theatre, now called the Benedum Center


Dedicated to steelworkers who lost their lives working at their mill, a stained glass memorial on display at the USWA International HQ, designed by artist Donna Bogosto Keams, the more than 1500 pieces of glass were cut and soldered by the steelworkers


The Pittsburgh Skyline with a view of the point where three rivers come together - the Allegheny, Monongahela and the Ohio


PPG - Pittsburgh Plate Glass Corporate headquarters building


Liberty Avenue Musicians by artist James Simon, in cast concrete


Mist from the fountain at Three Rivers Park


View of the Funicular or "Incline" - we rode to the top for a spectacular view of downtown Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington


7th Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh

Rehoboth Art League Opening Reception Tonight

Bob and I will be attending and helping with the reception tonight from 5 to 8pm at Rehoboth Art League's Themed Member Show "Farmers Markets". The Art League is located at 12 dodds lane, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, 302-227-8408

Here's a sneak preview of the work we entered:

My Watercolors:

Summer Plums


Heirloom Garlic


Bob's Photographs:

Garlic from the Ballarò Market in Palermo




Market Day in Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Thursday, September 3, 2009

New Watercolors 9.3.09

I've been working on a few new watercolors that I'm considering entering in a couple of shows coming up in September and October. I was hoping for some input - these are a bit different for me, both in subject matter and in style. So let me know what you think. Do you like them? Do you think they suck? Should I frame them or trash them? I think at this point I'm too close to them and need to just set them aside and come back later and see how I feel.

Old Barn, Milford Delaware (on Hot Press watercolor paper)


Delaware Cornfield (300lb Lanaquarelle with deckled edge)


Alee House Barn, Bombay Hook (300lb Lanaquarelle with deckled edge)